Kicking off below $85,000, the new Patrol will sell alongside the existing Y61 model, currently priced from $56,490 in wagon form.
Nissan Australia will look to the two-pronged approach to give buyers the choice between road-focused petrol-powered luxury, and rugged diesel off-roading.
The new 2013 Patrol will be offered in one mechanical specification, along with Nissan's familiar trim grades: entry-level ST-L, mid-range Ti and top-shelf Ti-L.
The 2013 Patrol is powered by a new direct-injected 5.6 litre V8 engine, developing 298kW at 5800rpm and 560Nm of torque at 4000rpm.
Nissan says that 90 percent of the big engine's torque is available from a low 2500rpm.
A new seven-speed automatic transmission is paired with the V8, along with an upgraded four-wheel-drive system that includes settings for driving on road, sand, snow and rock.
Four-wheel independent suspension is featured in the new model, rather than the live axles of the Y61 Patrol.
Although sporting a mechanically locking rear differential, the bulk of the Y62's off-road traction comes from a brake-based pseudo LSD setup.
Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control figure among the new Patrol's other systems, along with an updated brake package that includes a hydraulic brake booster and four-piston opposed front calipers on 358mm discs.
A new Hydraulic Body Motion Control system is also on-board in Ti and Ti-L models, designed to reduce body roll in cornering and lane changing.
The HBMC system’s cylinders replace traditional shock absorbers and anti-roll bars.
Towing capacity for the new Patrol is listed at 3.5 tonnes braked, and 750kg unbraked. Maximum towball vertical downforce is listed at 140kg.
Off-road ability: Approach angle (degrees) - 34.1, Departure angle - 25.9, Ramp angle - 24.1. Wading depth is rated at 700mm.
- MORE: Read TMR's 2010 preview drive of the new Patrol.
Features And Dimensions
According to Nissan, most SUV owners devote less than 15 percent of their driving time to off-road pursuits. Because of this, the new Patrol offers a more luxurious interior than previous generations.
Three trim grades are available in the new model, including ST-L, Ti and Ti-L.
The 2013 Patrol is also a good deal larger than its older stablemate, measuring 5140mm long (+60mm), 1995mm wide (+55), 1940mm tall (+85) and riding on a 3075mm wheelbase (+105).
As a further point of comparison, it's also larger than Toyota's goliathan 200 Series LandCruiser, which measures 4950mm long, 1970mm wide and 1880mm tall, on a 2850mm wheelbase.
Interior space: Shoulder room 1st/2nd/3rd rows (mm) - 1620/1611.6/1537. Kneeroom 1st/2nd/3rd rows (mm) - 570/721/476.
Storage capacity is listed at 3170 litres with the second and third rows laid flat, while laying flat only the third row offers a sizeable 1490kg. With all rows upright, there is 550 litres of space in the very rear.
Depending on trim grade, features in the new Patrol range include Intelligent Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Warning and Lane Departure Warning and Prevention.
Standard features across the range include Bluetooth hands-free phone, front DVD player, 2GB music server with 6 speakers, iPod connectivity, steering-mounted audio controls, intelligent key access and eight-way power assisted driver’s seat.
The Ti grade adds the new Hydraulic Body Motion Control system, along with leather upholstery and four-way electric adjustment for the front passenger seat, auto headlights, sunroof and rain sensing wipers.
The top shelf Ti-L grade gets memory function for the driver’s seat, steering wheel and door mirrors, along with a large centre console coolbox, hard drive navigation system, premium BOSE audio with 13 speakers and dual 7-inch DVD screens in the rear of the front seat headrests.
There's also Nissan's Around View Monitor, intelligent cruise control, xenon projector headlamps with auto levelling and washers, puddle lamps and a power operated tailgate.
A tyre pressure monitoring system is also added in the Ti-L spec, along with Blind Spot Warning and a vehicle alarm.
Safety features include active and passive safety systems such as front, side and curtain airbags, active front headrests, and front and rear parking sensors with rear view camera.
The new Nissan Patrol is expected on sale in January 2013, priced below $85,000 for the ST-L, under $95,000 for the Ti and less than $115,000 for the Ti-L.
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